BLM offers fire prevention tips

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Fire season is in full swing here in Nevada. The Bureau of Land management says the wet winter has left Winnemucca, for instance, with 43 percent more fire fuels than average. Since an estimated 90% of wildland fires are human-caused, the agency is reminding you to be safe when enjoying our open spaces this summer.

They advise you to take the following precautions:

Never leave a campfire unattended and extinguish all campfires completely;

Dispose of cigarettes in proper containers away from any flammable material;

If operating in an area where off-road vehicle use is allowed, internal combustion equipment should have a spark arrester;

Avoid driving though dry vegetation, stay on established roads, and do not park on dry vegetation because hot undercarriages can start fires;

Keep your vehicle maintained, especially when venturing out of town. Many roadside fires start from vehicles with underinflated tires, broken parts, leaky seals, or faulty wiring;

If towing a trailer, check for dragging chains that can create sparks;

Do not shoot tracer bullets, incendiary ammunition, or exploding targets. Shoot only at cardboard or paper targets or manufactured thrown-type clay targets;

Do not shoot in areas of dry fuels, especially in times of extreme conditions such as Red Flag Warnings or a Fire Weather Watch as issued by the National Weather Service;

Also, the 4th of July is right around the corner. Fireworks are always illegal to possess and use on Nevada’s federal, state, or private lands.